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Glitterbrain
« on: September 07, 2006 07:31:21 PM »

I'm making my first attempt at a sweater and I've run into some trouble deciphering the pattern.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!  

I'm working on the first sleeve and the chart (chart c) has two blank spaces and then a mysterious increase.  The Blank spaces are supposed to indicate "no stitch; adjacent increase sts will create a new st to fill this space in the next row."  

Firstly, does this mean that I am supposed to slide the two unknit stitches from the left needle to the right?  Without knitting them?

My second question has to do with the increase that comes after the two blank spaces on the chart. It says, "[k1 tbl, k1] in st, insert left needle behind vertical strand between the two new stitches, k this, makes two new stitches."

Does this mean that I pick up a stitch from between the stitches, after sliding those two unknit stitches to the right needle?  What type of increase do I use?

Okay, so I know that this is a lot to ask of anybody. But, I'm so freaking confused. I really appreciate the help.  A LOT.  Thanks in advance!

Also the pattern is here:  
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTmariah.html

the first row of chart C is the doosie.  Thanks again!
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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2006 08:53:22 PM »

the no stitch thing on the chart is just so that the chart is not funny shaped you just ignore those squares as if they are not there and move on to the next square that has a direction.

My second question has to do with the increase that comes after the two blank spaces on the chart. It says, "[k1 tbl, k1] in st, insert left needle behind vertical strand between the two new stitches, k this, makes two new stitches."

Does this mean that I pick up a stitch from between the stitches, after sliding those two unknit stitches to the right needle?  What type of increase do I use?


according to knitting help.com that is called a bar increase you have to scroll down a tad but there is a video on how to do it. seeing it is alot easier than explaining. those directions are weird but i am almost positive this is the right increase.
i hope this helps clarify some.
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PlayItGeorge
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2006 09:01:59 PM »

OK I made this sweater--what you are doing for the increase is a bar increase, but knit through back loop first, do NOT drop the stitch off your left needle, then knit through the same stitch the normal way.

Then you will see a vertical strand inbetween the two stitches, it is at the bottom of the stitches.  Pick that up with your left needle and knit that like it were a normal ol' stitch.

For your first question you should see as you start the first row that you have as many stitches on your needle as squares on the chart MINUS those no stitch squares.  So you have one box on the chart for one stitch on the needle.  When you see a no stitch box you skip over that box on the pattern and apply the direction for the next stitch to the stitch waiting on your needle.

And have you seen the yahoo group for this pattern?  It has a bunch of corrections.  Also the sleeves are poorly written IMO and make sure you understand where to increase while you're following the chart.
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Glitterbrain
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2006 09:12:03 PM »

Thank you both so much!  Things have suddenly become a lot more clear.  Playitgeorge, I haven't seen the yahoo group on Mariah.  I'll check it out.  (I've never used Yahoo groups, but I'll figure it out.)  I've just started the first sleeve, so hopefully the corrections will help--before I have a problem, rather than after the fact.  I've definately seen a lot of complaints about the sleeves being massively long. 

Thank you again!

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« Reply #4 on: September 07, 2006 09:23:11 PM »

should that read "horizontal strand between two new stitches"?

Or am I imagining it wrong?
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« Reply #5 on: September 08, 2006 06:54:36 AM »

It is indeed vertical.
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